I’ve been using MyBlogLog heavily for the past week and there’s a few interesting things I’ve noticed about the service.
- Since being active on the site nearly a week ago, I’ve had over 460 new visitors to cleverhack, with 56 viewing my about me page (which, if I think about it, is probably as many clicks as I get to my about me page in 90 days).
- I have seen a number of visitors who, in marketing parlance, have converted to regular readers and RSS users.
- I’ve noticed two types of accounts on MyBlogLog, your normal user accounts and accounts representing a Web site or brand ( I’m thinking Zillow, Buzz Tracker and Dogster and the like…)
- This blog is in the Top 50 “C” Communities.
- I’ve seen some good SEO from MyBlogLog (the cleverhack MyBlogLog page is currently #4 when searching on cleverhack.)
What I’d like to see and other issues
- I like using the My Communities page to browse blogs. What I’d like to see is if you’re logged in, and looking at your “community” of blogs, to be able to click through to the blog rather than to the blog profile page.
- User profile page should have RSS feeds of the users blog(s).
- The Hot In My Communities widget on the user profile page doesn’t seem to update all that much.
- I don’t understand why I would have to manually create a screenshot of my blog’s page to update the screenshot on the service.
- Blog profile page should have RSS feeds of the blog higher in the right hand column. (Right now, the RSS feeds are shoved down at the bottom).
- I’d love to see some sort of random show of blogs on the MyBlogLog Community page.
- I’d love to see some sort of random show of members on the MyBlogLog Members page.
- I don’t know what exactly makes a member “hot” or a blog “hot”.
- Aside from the extra blog stats features, what is the value proposition for a Pro Membership?
How to take advantage of MyBlogLog
- Click through to the MyBlogLog front page often, that way you show up in the Recent Readers widget. I do see traffic coming in that way.
- Check out other people’s profiles and their blogs. They will usually reciprocate.
- There is some traffic value in belonging to the hot communities, although I’d expect the advantage to diminish as more people belong to those same communities.
- Be female. (Whoops, my bad, said that out loud.)
- Use a photo of yourself as your avatar. The better the photo, the better the response.
- Join communities but avoid becoming the dude who joins everything.
- Feel free to ignore contact requests if they aren’t a good fit.
Oh, and googling for mybloglog brought up this 10 Hottest Clicks map.
[tags]web 2.0, mybloglog, blogging, blog community, not quite hacking [/tags]